Evidence and Evaluation Forum

This Action Forum provides a termly meeting for those staff from AccessHE Member HEIs responsible for providing evidence for and/or evaluating the impact of their access, success and progression outreach activity and initiatives. For more information or to join the mailing list for this group, please contact us.

Forum Chair: Nathan Kane, Impact Evaluation Analyst, Brunel University London.


  • To exchange and develop good practice relating to evidencing the impact of access and participation.
  • To produce collaborative research and other resources to support Members with reporting in access and participation plans (APPs).
  • To advocate to policy-makers on issues affecting London HEIs.

Pre 2018-19

The Forum developed a resource-sharing webpage, coordinated a Member survey and report on the use of POLAR and other measures of ‘disadvantage’ in the London context, facilitated a dialogue around effective evaluation with colleagues from OFFA/OfS, and shared good practice in evaluating attainment-raising activities within schools and GDPR compliance in outreach activity.

2019 and beyond

The Forum analysed the A&P consultation and OfS self-assessment evaluation tool and welcomed external speakers to deliver workshops on the Theory of Change, the NERUPI framework and outcomes-based evaluation models in practice. Using Member survey responses and case studies, we also produced the POLAR Opposite report, officially launched at June 2019’s London Factor event during the inaugural #LondonHEWeek. We aim to build on this work and continue supporting our Members with all matters relating to evidencing the impact of access and participation in the capital.

2019-20 meetings